This week’s mini-Dove Tales is an overdue update on my efforts at following an internal call by joining the Navy as a Reserve Chaplain. The last time I spoke about this, it was January, just before what would have been the final interview in their hiring process
In stepping out to follow the call I’ve been feeling, and sharing that process with you, I was blessed far beyond the personal growth it has given me, because you have been with me through this. Quite a few Prince of Peace folks have been keeping me in prayers, or shared stories about their service, or the passion they have followed or failed to follow,, or concerns about faith and the military, and because of that I’ve grown closer to you and love you more.
Unfortunately, I was not chosen to serve after that January interview. This was disappointing and frustrating, however, I believed then, and still believe now, that my place is to follow this call wherever it goes, regardless of outcomes.
So far, that has turned out to be a good thing. Missing out on military service 6 months ago meant that I have been able to be here with you all, and focus on being your pastor, instead of being away in training. That’s a pretty great tradeoff. :)
It’s been six months since that interview and I’ve reapplied for service in the Navy Reserves. This is my final attempt to do so. I have no idea if this will go anywhere. If I am asked to enlist, training will start in January. If not, then this particular journey is over, and that is ok. God has been faithful and brought good out of this process all along the way so far, and I have no doubt that God will continue to do so.
I hope and pray that each of us is fortunate enough to follow whatever call we are hearing. Whatever the outcome might be, I promise the journey is worth it.